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Guidance for current RCMJD students

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The RCM Junior Department is operating a phased return to musical activity on campus this term in order to deliver the safest and highest-quality learning experience for all JD students. We are excited to be welcoming JD students and staff back to campus and the health and wellbeing of the whole RCM community is our top priority.

Following government guidance regarding social distancing and in order to keep all our students and staff safe, the capacity of RCM buildings has been reduced. We are therefore offering a blended learning programme with a mixture of digital and on-campus provision, which will gradually expand throughout the academic year.

We are maximising the amount of on-campus music making we can offer whilst keeping everyone safe. RCMJD parents should refer to the RCMJD Blended Learning Guide sent on 4 September for further information. Regular updates about our musical activities will be provided via our weekly e-shot, which will be sent via email every Thursday.

We continue to follow developments in government policy and advice from music industry professionals and we will ensure that all in person musical activities in the autumn term are planned with safety in mind.

Please note, in line with government guidelines for schools, no parents or visitors will be allowed on campus unless they have a pre-arranged appointment with the Head or Assistant Head of Junior Programmes or a member of the JD admin team. Currently, parents are not able to attend instrumental lessons.

Latest Covid-19 updates from the RCM

The RCM has plans in place for a number of scenarios including coronavirus cases on campus or further lockdown restrictions. The following plans are in line with guidance from the UK Government.

RCM students, RCMJD students, professors and staff members who experience symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate, notify the RCM using the COVID SELF-REPORTING FORM and book a test. More information can be found below.

In the instance of confirmed or suspected cases, NHS Test and Trace and the RCM will communicate with individuals directly. No wider communications will be sent to the College community. Students and staff who are self-isolating will be fully supported by the RCM.

In the event of several confirmed cases at the College, action may be taken to reduce activity on campus and further teaching may move online. Students and staff affected by these measures will be communicated with directly by their Head of Faculty.

If there is a local lockdown in London, access to campus will be limited to critical activity and all teaching will move online. Operational changes will be communicated via RCM Notices so please continue to check your College email.

What should I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms?

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should take the following steps as promptly as possible:

If you think another student or member of staff might have symptoms, you should encourage them to do the same.

1. ISOLATE

Government guidance requires that anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, or anyone who has received a positive test result, must self-isolate.

If you're a student living in PCV you will have been allocated a 'household'. If one member of the household (whether in halls, private shared accommodation or other) experiences symptoms or has a positive Covid-19 test, all members of that household must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they receive a negative test result and isolating is no longer necessary.

Those who have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms should also self-isolate for 14 days, unless they receive a negative test result. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 meter, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 meters for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

2. NOTIFY

You must complete the RCM COVID SELF-REPORTING FORM.

This means we can take prompt action to request any additional cleaning, notify household members and provide support. This also means we will have early awareness of possible and confirmed cases, and can put in place additional measures if needed.

3. TEST

If you think you have Covid-19, you should book a free test through the NHS. If you drive, you will be directed to the NHS drive-in testing facility. For those who do not drive, the NHS will mail you a self-testing kit.

You should continue isolating while waiting for your test results.

The Royal College of Music has undertaken all necessary risk assessments for reopening the RCM, maintaining social distancing and other public safety measures.

Learning and teaching

Will there be opportunities to perform this term?

Our highly popular performance platform sessions will resume on 3 October. Performance platform offers our students the opportunity to perform informally and receive constructive feedback in front of a small audience. Further information about the programme and how to book a slot will be shared via e-shot on 24 September.

Many students enjoy performing in RCMJD competitions. Further information will be sent about our new competition schedule via e-shot in October. Singers Repertoire Classes will take place at 4pm on Saturdays via Zoom.

We hope to resume our full performance programme in January 2021.

How will the orchestral programme work this term?

Our orchestral programme will run digitally in the early stages of the autumn term, and we will introduce on campus sectional rehearsals/orchestral rehearsals as soon as it is safe to do so on campus.

How will I know when my child needs to come to campus?

We understand that parents need to plan travel to London very carefully. We will let you know what time your child needs to come in via our regular e-shots which are sent to parents every Thursday. We will always give you plenty of notice regarding musical activity on the RCM campus.

Will there be any one-to-one teaching on campus this term?

We have set up the JD timetable to facilitate digital lessons until November, but teachers may offer one-to-one instrumental lessons on campus from early October onwards by mutual agreement with parents. However, the number of rooms available for individual lessons is limited, so they are unlikely to be able to offer to teach one-to-one lessons on campus every week.

Your child does not have to attend lessons on campus if they do not wish to do so in the first half of term. They will be offered a digital lesson instead. Teachers will discuss any plans for lessons on campus directly with parents in the first instance to see if your child is happy/able to travel to campus.

Further questions

The JD team work from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Any queries should be sent to the JD team at jd@rcm.ac.uk. If you would prefer to speak with someone on the telephone, John Mitchell (known as ‘Mitch’) is available on 020 7591 4345 during normal office hours Wednesday to Saturday.

Campus safety

The steps described below are essential to keeping our community safe and ensuring we can facilitate music-making and performance on campus throughout the autumn term.

Face coverings 

You must wear a face covering on entering the College, in all public areas and moving around buildings and in any room where two metre social distancing is not possible. 

Signs on the doors of all rooms display the maximum occupancy for each room.  

Some students or teachers will prefer a face covering to be worn in a teaching room – please wear a face covering if requested to do so.

Room ventilation 

Teaching and practice rooms are being ventilated. Facilities Officers will be opening windows first thing every morning and will be checking windows periodically during the day. Please do not close windows – help us to keep rooms ventilated. We realise that as the autumn progresses it will get colder and we will review this policy as the weather changes. 

Some rooms have air-conditioning. In most cases this circulates air from outside; it does not recirculate air. Do not turn off air-conditioning. Rooms where air-conditioning recirculates air will have a sign to show this. 

Social distancing and cleaning 

We have implemented robust social distancing and cleaning measures in the buildings, including a one-way route and maximum room capacities.   

A few simple rules will help keep us safe:  

  • Only come to the RCM building if you have a specific activity booked (this allows us to make sure we don’t have too many people in the building at any one time.) 
  • Always wash your hands on entering the building and regularly throughout your time in the building. 
  • Wipe down surfaces and pianos when leaving a practice room. 
  • Respect the social distancing measures in place, including in all lessons and rehearsals which must adhere to two metre social distancing at all times.
  • Do not gather in groups in communal areas; these areas are open for solo study only.

Access to campus 

Saturday access will be restricted to Junior Department staff and students only, unless with the express permission of the Head of JD.

Although these are exceptional times, we are following official guidance and have adopted a range of measures to offer as much flexibility as possible to our students.  

Further questions

The JD team work from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Any queries should be sent to the JD team at jd@rcm.ac.uk. If you would prefer to speak with someone on the telephone, John Mitchell (known as ‘Mitch’) is available on 020 7591 4345 during normal office hours Wednesday to Saturday.

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